Confession Prayer Week of May 12, 2024

May 12, 2024

Call to Confession: 

As we enter into a time of confession together, let’s prepare our hearts by hearing these words from Psalm 139:

For you created my inmost being;

    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

    your works are wonderful,

    I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you

    when I was made in the secret place,

    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body;

    all the days ordained for me were written in your book

    before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts, God!

    How vast is the sum of them!

Were I to count them,

    they would outnumber the grains of sand—

    when I awake, I am still with you.

Prayer of Confession: 

Heavenly Father, Creator of Heaven, and of each one of us, thank you for the ways you have loved us from the beginning. You are a big, almighty God, who also carefully and tenderly considered each detail of who you made us to be.  

Lord, forgive us for the ways we take our belovedness for granted. Help us to live each day growing more and more into who you created us to be. Help us to love ourselves the way you love us, and in turn, to love others in the same way. Thank you for never leaving us as we fumble along, trying to learn your ways. We love you Lord. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon: 

In the scriptures we find assurances of our forgiveness and encouragement in our walk. So hear these words from Zephananiah 3 and rest in their truth for us…

Sing, Daughter Zion;

    shout aloud, Israel!

Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,

    Daughter Jerusalem!

The Lord has taken away your punishment,

    he has turned back your enemy.

The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you;

    never again will you fear any harm.

On that day

    they will say to Jerusalem,

“Do not fear, Zion;

    do not let your hands hang limp.

The Lord your God is with you,

    the Mighty Warrior who saves.

He will take great delight in you;

    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,

    but will rejoice over you with singing.